Miss Jane Marple has gathered together an intimate group of friends for an evening of fun, games, mystery, and suspicion. What results are thirteen stories in which the indomitable sleuth plays host to some of the most clever crimes-and criminals.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful: Thriteen Is A Lucky Number, June 2, 2002 Reviewer: sweetmolly from RICHMOND, VA USA Picture yourself with a group of friends that include Miss Jane Marple. Sitting around the fire, someone brings up the idea of presenting mysteries that only you know the answer, and the other friends must solve. Guess who wins hands down every time? Yes, that little lady with lace mitts who is knitting little fluffy things. This is a fine book of short stories and, as usual, Dame Agatha outfoxed me every time. Though Miss Jane publicly disdains outlandish plots ("undetectable poison from an African village"), her creator is sometimes guilty of just that. The very few that left me less than impressed involved entirely too much running around, an outlandish premise, and an overabundance of purple prose. My hands down favorite was "Death By Drowning" when Dame Agatha shows her superb ability to misdirect. Even with broad hints, I didn't come near the answer. And never be certain that the villain will be punished, at least right away. "The Tuesday Night Club" and "A Christmas Tragedy" each have her particular brand of cleverness stamped clearly throughout. This would be a wonderful book to have in the guest bedroom, but be sure to read it first!